bacterial vaginosis


Definition of bacterial vaginosis

: vaginitis that is marked by a grayish vaginal discharge usually of foul odor and that is associated with the presence of excessive amounts of some bacteria (especially Gardnerella vaginalis)

called also nonspecific vaginitis

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Treatment for bacterial vaginosis involves antibiotics taken orally and/or vaginally, the Mayo Clinic explains. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Here’s Why You Should Always Wipe Front-to-Back," 9 Mar. 2019 This will help to prevent any vaginal issues, such as yeast infections, vaginal irritation, and bacterial vaginosis. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Here’s Why You Might Want to Sleep Without Underwear," 2 Apr. 2019 Major offenders include irritation or allergic reactions to substances like soap, bacterial vaginosis, STIs like herpes, and wearing wet garments like a bathing suit for a long time, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What the Hell Is a Sitz Bath? (And Why Would You Take One?)," 14 Mar. 2019 Either way, your gyno can do a few quick and painless tests to see what's going on, and bacterial vaginosis is easily treated. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Vaginal Discharge," 12 Sep. 2018 Using soap could upset your vagina’s ratio of good to bad bacteria, possibly resulting in infections such as bacterial vaginosis. Sophie Saint Thomas, SELF, "Here's Exactly What to Do If You Get Something Spicy on Your Vulva or Vagina," 12 Oct. 2018 Trichomonioasis is also typically treated with metronidazole or tinidazole, two of those drugs often used for bacterial vaginosis. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s What Could Be Going On if You Have Fishy Vaginal Odor," 26 June 2018 That can lead to dryness, which can lead to tearing, which can lead to things like yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Get Your Sex-Ed From Vanderpump Rules," 30 May 2018 May estimates that something like Gardnerella vaginalis, an agent of the infection bacterial vaginosis, typically won’t live on a hard surface longer than a day or two. Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "How to Clean Your Sex Toys So You Can Use Them Safely," 15 Mar. 2018

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1983, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of bacterial vaginosis

: vaginitis that is marked by a grayish vaginal discharge usually of foul odor and that is associated with the presence of a bacterium especially of the genus Gardnerella (G. vaginalis synonym Haemophilus vaginalis) abbreviation BV

called also nonspecific vaginitis

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